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Archive for April 9, 2004

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12:05 p.m.
Sergeant arrested on molestation charges
A 40-year-old sergeant stationed at Nellis Air Force Base was arrested Wednesday on 73 counts of molesting girls, Metro Police said.
11:26 a.m.
Gaming briefs for April 9, 2004
The newest property in the Coast Casinos Inc. chain will break ground April 22 in southern Las Vegas.
11:26 a.m.
Lawyers may spend $12 mil. for Yucca license preparation
WASHINGTON -- The Energy Department's hired law firm can collect up to $12 million this year to prepare the license application for the Yucca Mountain project, according to its contract.
11:16 a.m.
Unusually dry March exacerbates West's water worries
Water agency officials from across the West had hoped that this year would bring some relief from five years of crushing drought that has dropped water levels in Lake Mead, the source of water for ...
11:13 a.m.
Ethics panel convinced full hearing on Goodman needed
The two members of the state Ethics Commission panel that reviewed allegations against Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman strongly felt that a full hearing was needed on the main allegation, according to a transcript of ...
11:11 a.m.
Missing father, son, 5, found
Police had been looking for Craig Bingaman since his wife was found dead Tuesday. Police said Bingaman had called a police detective and said he had "hurt" his wife.
11:11 a.m.
Yucca rail route riles ranchers
CALIENTE -- As Laird Whipple works the latest in a chain of cigarettes, he pats his herding dog George and guns his pickup truck over the coarse brush of the Meadow Valley.
11:10 a.m.
Neighbors puzzled by deaths
To neighbors of 69-year-old Jean A. Wilson and her son, 39-year-old Steven L. Fuoco, the apparent murder-suicide of the mobile home park residents came as a shock and remains a puzzle.
11:04 a.m.
Applications due for court
CARSON CITY -- The state Judicial Selection Commission said today it has started to accept applications to replace District Judge Michael Douglas of Las Vegas, who was appointed to the Nevada Supreme Court.
11:04 a.m.
Cops tell gang members their days are numbered
Local law enforcement has a message for gang members committing violent crimes in the Las Vegas Valley: We will get you.
11:03 a.m.
Gazlay back in jail
311 Boyz gang member Steven Gazlay was in jail this morning after District Judge Valerie Adair ordered him returned to custody after agreeing to delay his sentencing a third time.
11:03 a.m.
Metro-solved homicides below U.S. average
Metro Police solved homicides at a lower rate than the national average last year, according to a Metro report released Thursday.
11:03 a.m.
Columnist Jeff German: Cabbies take back seat to politics in Romania
But she was a no-show because she was thousands of miles away in Romania declaring her candidacy for, of all things, president of the former Soviet bloc country.
11:02 a.m.
EPA orders county to come up with plan to curb ozone
Reducing smog Clark County residents can help reduce ozone, also known as smog, in summer months. Clark County has a free service that sends air quality advisories for ozone to pagers or e-mail accounts. Information ...
11:02 a.m.
VegasBeat -- Timothy McDarrah: Silverton rising with Springsteen tribute
Because we can (horribly) sing the words to every song on the Boss's seminal 1975 album, "Born to Run," we're perhaps a little biased regarding all things Springsteen.
10:59 a.m.
Grant to help AIDS services
CARSON CITY -- The state Health Division has received a federal grant of $6.4 million to continue to pay for services and prescription drugs for AIDS patients.
10:56 a.m.
Sports briefs for April 9, 2004
The New York Yankees remain baseball's most valuable franchise with an estimated worth of $832 million, even though the value dropped $17 million from 2003 because of revenue sharing and luxury taxes, Forbes magazine said ...
10:46 a.m.
Missing dad, son may have split up
"Anyone who is holding Donovan will be charged with a felony for aiding and abetting in the concealment of Donovan," Metro Missing Persons Sgt. Tom Wagner said today, noting that such an act -- even ...
10:43 a.m.
Business briefs for April 9, 2004
John Youngdahl, the former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economist who tipped off the firm's traders about the demise of the 30-year Treasury bond two years ago, today was sentenced to 33 months in prison for ...
10:39 a.m.
Ousted PurchasePro chief denies wrongdoing
Charles "Junior" Johnson is denying allegations that he committed securities violations, corporate waste and breach of fiduciary duty in running the failed Las Vegas technology company PurchasePro.com Inc.
10:38 a.m.
Strong condo interest may signal downtown revival
The intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Hoover Avenue, near Charleston Boulevard, doesn't hold much interest for most people. There's a vacant lot at one corner and some nondescript office buildings on another.
10:38 a.m.
Reliant Resources unit indicted
SAN FRANCISCO -- A Reliant Resources Inc. power-trading unit and four employees were indicted Thursday in the first criminal case lodged against a company accused of manipulating power prices during California's energy crisis.
10:38 a.m.
Analysts project mixed earnings for major firms
Several Wall Street analysts have raised their earnings estimates on major gaming companies for this year and next, citing the improving national economy as well as higher room rates and a strengthening convention business in ...
10:38 a.m.
Recording studio set for Palms expansion
George Maloof says it is still too early to release much detail about his long-awaited expansion plan for his Palms hotel-casino in Las Vegas, but on Thursday announced that a recording studio would be built ...
10:35 a.m.
Jackson gets 51s rolling
Opening night is about getting through the nerves, especially when you're the center of attention.
10:34 a.m.
New ride planned for tower
The ride would be on the northeast side of the 866-foot-high observation deck of the tower. It was approved by the Las Vegas Planning Commission Thursday night.
10:33 a.m.
Solar energy plan advances
Under the Solar Energy Systems Demonstration Program, which begins July 1, participants will receive a refund of $5 per watt of capacity generated by a new solar system.
10:32 a.m.
Favored Klitschko not underestimating Brewster
There's a reason Wladimir Klitschko is an 11-1 favorite to defeat Lamon Brewster when they fight Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. In fact, there are several of them.
10:03 a.m.
$2 million OK'd for legal battle against dump
CARSON CITY -- The Legislative Interim Finance Committee on Thursday released $2 million for the state to continue its legal battle to stop Yucca Mountain, the site of a proposed high-level nuclear waste repository.
9:49 a.m.
Water officials to take 8-day rafting trip
Federal and local water-agency officials from across the country will go on a trip down the Colorado River next week, but the whitewater could be considerably less impressive than it usually is in the spring.
9:48 a.m.
Radios for NHP still don't work
CARSON CITY -- More delays are being experienced in Clark County in the $14 million project to switch the radio frequencies of the Nevada Highway Patrol, which are now operating on illegal channels.
9:48 a.m.
Witness no-show, but man convicted
A jury found a Las Vegas man guilty of first-degree murder Thursday despite the fact that the prosecution's main witness did not show up to testify.
9:47 a.m.
Witness in Gazlay case says he didn't attack man
A new witness has come forward in one of alleged 311 Boyz gang member Steven Gazlay's cases who can exonerate the 19-year-old, Gazlay's lawyer said Thursday.
9:47 a.m.
Ethics panel may make deal with recorder Deane
The Nevada Ethics Commission may make a plea deal with Clark County Recorder Fran Deane, who is accused of trying to personally profit from her office and giving preferential treatment to title companies that backed ...
9:47 a.m.
Teen killer must spend more than 20 years in prison
A 16-year-old boy who killed a Las Vegas man while robbing his home will be eligible for parole in a little less than 21 years because jurors gave him a break, District Court Judge Joseph ...
9:46 a.m.
Columnist Dean Juipe: 51s' skipper Kennedy has background for success
Introduced individually along with his players before the game, Terry Kennedy received a noticeably warm welcome on a cool evening from those in the stands at Cashman Field. No disrespect to his predecessor as manager ...
9:46 a.m.
Mayor storms out of press meeting after ethics questions
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman stalked out of his weekly press conference Thursday after refusing to answer questions about issues related to the ethics complaint against him.
9:45 a.m.
Columnist Ron Kantowski: Dollars for bowling as women receive PBA nod
The fact that women became eligible to compete on the PBA Tour last Monday hasn't created the kind of stir at your local bowling center that would develop if, say, the cigarette machine suddenly ran ...
9:45 a.m.
Wranglers looking for an edge in Game 2
In the bowels of the Orleans Arena, a new attitude has swept the hallway between the hockey locker rooms, an attitude that longtime hockey fans would identify in a minute.
9:44 a.m.
Fill-in coach faces tough task
Saturday, 7 p.m., America West Arena. Radio: ESPN-920 AM
9:44 a.m.
Ralph Siraco's Santa Anita selections
1st Race -- SHE'S MOVIN ON -- Baze aboard Baffert trainee for owner Pegram, draws good outside post for sprint opener, backers hope She's Movin On to winners circle. RUBY SUMMER -- Training at Hollypark, ...
9:42 a.m.
News briefs for April 9, 2004
A proposal to build 278 homes on 73.7 acres next to the Henderson Executive Airport was withdrawn before the city Planning Commission could weigh in on it Thursday.
9:41 a.m.
Columnist Barb Henderson: Sportsmen, conservation group out for a WHIN-ing cause
Each year, there are numerous wildlife conservation organizations who hold annual banquets for local sportsmen and sportswomen to attend. While these folks take delight in a delicious meal and enjoy the camaraderie of good friends, ...
9:41 a.m.
Man and his 5-year-old son still sought
An Amber Alert was still in effect this morning in the effort to locate Bingaman's 5-year-old son Donovan, who is believed to be with his father. Police said the boy may be in danger.
9:41 a.m.
Murder suspect testifies about bad marriage
Alfred "Chip" Centofanti took the witness stand Thursday and tried to explain how his relationship with Virginia "Gina" Eisenman deteriorated to the point where it ended in her shooting death.
9:40 a.m.
Fishing report: Anglers report fishing at Lake Mead is on the decline
Anglers at Lake Mead have been reporting to the Nevada Department of Wildlife that fishing appears to have dropped off during the past week and very few fish have been caught.
9:39 a.m.
Cox to televise five 51s games
Five Las Vegas 51s games will be televised this year on Cox Cable, the team announced Thursday. The first of the televised games will be this Saturday night, when the 51s play host to the ...
9:36 a.m.
Clear skies expected for Easter
Sunshine and clear skies are in store for Easter sunrise services and egg hunts this weekend, despite Thursday's stormy afternoon, National Weather Service forecasters said.
9:35 a.m.
Columnist Brian Hilderbrand: After time in limbo, Carpentier set for return to Forsythe
Although he has known for only two weeks that he would be back with Forsythe Championship Racing in the Champ Car World Series, Las Vegas resident Patrick Carpentier is not lacking confidence -- or motivation ...
9:35 a.m.
RTC seeks federal grant to deter terrorism
The Regional Transportation Commission is seeking $1.1 million in federal money to protect the Las Vegas Valley's public transportation system against terrorism.
9:35 a.m.
40 percent hike in spending expected in RTC's budget
The Regional Transportation Commission will have 36 percent more in revenue for its 2005 budget and expects to spend 40 percent more than it did in the current fiscal year, RTC Chief Financial Officer Terry ...
9:33 a.m.
Nuke protesters prepare for annual Test Site vigil
New York state resident Michelle Riddell decided to join demonstrators at the gateway to the Nevada Test Site today after meeting a band of 15 walkers marching along U.S. 95 to demonstrate against nuclear weapons ...
9:33 a.m.
Obituaries for April 9, 2004
Glenn L. Armstrong, 80, of Las Vegas, died Wednesday in a local hospital. He was born Dec. 15, 1923, in Rawlings, Md. A resident for eight years, he was a retired oil industry manager and ...
9:30 a.m.
Access road set for paving
The dirt road currently provides access to the Las Vegas Boat Harbor Marina, the Lake Mead Ferry Service and the handicap-accessible fishing pier.
9:30 a.m.
Kiosks coming to a DMV near you
CARSON CITY -- The kiosk installed five months ago at the Carey Avenue branch of the Department of Motor Vehicles in North Las Vegas is so successful that the agency is going to put 14 ...
9:29 a.m.
County climbs population list
An influx of more than 200,000 new residents into the Las Vegas Valley the past three years has pushed Clark County up eight spots on the list of the nation's largest counties, according to Census ...
9:29 a.m.
ATC chief apologizes for rude drivers
W.H. "Bill" McCloud, senior vice president of ATC, contracted operators of the Citizens Area Transit bus company, made his comments during the citizens participation portion of the RTC agenda.
9:29 a.m.
Group fails in challenge of Giunchigliani
CARSON CITY -- A move by a group opposed to having government employees in the Legislature failed Thursday to unseat Assemblywoman Chris Giunchigliani, D-Las Vegas, who works for the Community College of Southern Nevada.
9:28 a.m.
Councilman calls planned hub LV's Grand Central Station
The Regional Transportation Commission on Thursday approved an application for a federal grant that would fund what one commission member says will be the Grand Central Station of the Las Vegas Valley.
9:28 a.m.
Letter: Billboard photo was offensive
We all know which billboards you are referring to. Must you shove the image of them in our faces in our own homes? It is as if you are mocking those of us who protest ...
9:15 a.m.
Letter: Time for change at White House
The people of Iraq have a culture that is alien to us. Democratic government as we know it is alien to the people of Iraq. Americans are dying in Iraq so the Bush administration can ...
9:14 a.m.
Letter: Restore respect, prosperity, peace in Nov. 2 election
A time may come when a candidate possessing total integrity such as Mr. Nader has a ghost of a chance to be elected as our president. However, with the November election very possibly the most ...
9:14 a.m.
Casino workers demand union talks
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Police arrested 25 people Thursday after they locked hands and blocked a street while demanding workplace rights and union talks at a downtown casino owned by the wealthy Agua Caliente tribe.
9:11 a.m.
Editorial: Welcome to our world
Today, Craig isn't so complimentary. "I will not allow (the Energy Department) to hold this work hostage ..." he thundered at a hearing on a nuclear waste issue in his own state.
9:11 a.m.
Community briefs for April 9, 2004
Senior Friends is offering a class on Travel Safety Tips from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the MountainView Senior Friends Center, 8524 Del Webb Blvd., and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday ...
9:10 a.m.
Consumer confidence sinks
The AP-Ipsos consumer confidence index dropped to 84.8 this week, from a reading of 97.7 in early March, when Americans' feelings about the economy had shown an improvement from the previous month.
9:09 a.m.
Editorial: Just whose credibility is at stake?
Rice did try to knock down Clarke's view that Bush didn't consider terrorism as urgent a matter as did President Clinton. "President Bush understood the threat, and he understood its importance," she testified. But no ...
9:09 a.m.
Hobson's show a wealth of comic riches
If the Paul Lynde-inspired entertainer doesn't have you laughing from the minute he prances onstage in his sparkling smoking jacket, you just don't have a sense of humor.
8:41 a.m.
Bach in Time: Award-winning composer, songwriter Bacharach brings decades of songs to Orleans
At his concert in Vegas, he will only perform his own music, which should please fans.
8:36 a.m.
Performing Arts for April 9, 2004
Cliff Eberhardt
8:35 a.m.
On Display for April 9, 2004
Artist Elaine Parks' "Collections" exhibit will be displayed until May 28 at the Nevada Arts Council's Las Vegas office, 821 S. 7th St. Admission is free. 486-3700.
8:35 a.m.
Columnist Spencer Patterson: Dilated Peoples enjoying undiluted success
Now the Los Angeles-based group stands ready to make its biggest splash yet with their third album, "Neighborhood Watch," which hit stores Tuesday.
8:34 a.m.
Ra demonstrates sunny side of experimental jazz
For most of his life, Herman Sonny Blount called himself Sun Ra, dressed in colorful robes and headdress and claimed to have been born on Saturn.
8:34 a.m.
King is clowning his way onward, upward
The comic/magician has been named "Magician of the Year" by the prestigious Magic Castle's Academy of Magical Arts, and he is moving into a larger showroom.
8:34 a.m.
Columnist Muriel Stevens: Easter dining options remain plentiful
Hyatt Regency at Lake Las Vegas is featuring a lavish Easter champagne brunch in Cafe Tagine and the resort's signature dining room, Japengo. Hyatt's Easter brunch includes a salad station along with such signature salads ...
8:33 a.m.
Columnist Jerry Fink: King's birthday bash a Vegas who's who
Sonny shines in the spotlight. It takes years off his life.
8:32 a.m.
Datebook for April 9, 2004
UNLV's Short Film Archive will host a festival of award-winning short films at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Sogg architecture building on the UNLV campus. Admission is free. 895-3547.
8:32 a.m.
Columnist Lisa Ferguson: Business side of comedy suits club owner Rivas
It would be tricky, however, for Russ Rivas to try and head butt himself.
8:31 a.m.
Columnist Susan Snyder: At fair, we show off our scarf
As fairs go, Clark County's, which runs in Logandale through Sunday, isn't even close to the biggest. But this means one doesn't have to walk far when one wants to chase the candy apple with ...
8:31 a.m.
Comeback Crooner
WEEKEND EDITION
5:47 a.m.
Letter: Christensen must admit his mistake
April 10 - 11, 2004
5:46 a.m.
Letter: Mayor Goodman is a real man
April 10 - 11, 2004
5:45 a.m.
Letter: Seniors finding it hard to pay bills
April 10 - 11, 2004
5:44 a.m.
Letter: President's term has been terrible
April 10 - 11, 2004
5:42 a.m.
Letter: Bush should stop stonewalling
April 10 - 11, 2004
5:39 a.m.
Letter: Official avoided tough questions
April 10 - 11, 2004
5:37 a.m.
Editorial: Let's get coordinated
April 10 - 11, 2004
5:29 a.m.
Editorial: Turn eyes toward the EOB board
April 10 - 11, 2004
5:27 a.m.

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